Croatian stuffed peppers Recipe

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Traditional dish from Croatia eaten in summer and fall.

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Servings: 4 s


Cost per serving $3.46 view details
  • 500 g ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp ground red paprika
  • 80-100 g rice (parboiled, long grain rice)
  • 1-2 tbs home-made breadcrumbs (if needed)
  • 6-8 bell peppers, medium sized, tops cut off and seeds taken out
  • Tomato sauce:
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 500ml tomato puree
  • 300-500ml water
  • ½ tsp Vegeta or similar seasoning
  • Parsley leaves, chopped
  • ½ tsp dried basil


  1. Combine all ingredients (except bell peppers) with hands until everything is evenly incorporated (not too loose or too firm).
  2. Stuff the prepared peppers ½ - 1 cm below the top (in cooking, the stuffing will 'raise'). If there is some leftover mixture, make medium-sized meatballs that can be cooked together with the stuffed peppers.
  3. For the tomato sauce briefly sauté garlic in olive oil in a large, deep pot. Add all the other ingredients, stir. If necessary, add more water (depending on desired consistency of the sauce).
  4. Place the stuffed peppers (and meatballs) in a pot, top openings up.
  5. Bring the sauce to the boil, then reduce the flame and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes or until meat and rice are completely tender.
  6. Serve with the sauce and mashed potatoes.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 593g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 531  
Calories from Fat 241 45%
Total Fat 26.83g 34%
Saturated Fat 9.47g 38%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 918mg 38%
Potassium 1349mg 39%
Total Carbs 43.79g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7.1g 24%
Sugars 14.77g 10%
Protein 29.1g 47%
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